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VOL. I. NO. H.
A SONG OF LIFE.
Make life Ion? by nnblo ilecds,
Make It swtct by loving:
Walk In paths whore duty leuds,
Ever onward moving.
Life Is short in point of years.
Hitter oft with sorrow;
Dim o look thro' mit of te.irs
Tvrnrd the dread to-morrow.
It-verennujr'itif this bo all:
Mrenthlnj-, Rleeplnir. waking:
Gljum of Minsliine then n lull
Hearts with anguish breaking.
Wore this nil. oh! then nt bost
Life's a withered ilower;
Sweeter far to be at rest
From its blighting power.
We may make It what we will.
Grand in strength and beautv;
And with sheaves oiirbosoms All
Gleaned from fields of duty.
Mnko lire long by nciile deeds.
Make it sweet by loving;
And as day the night succeed".
Onward we are moving.
G. II". Critjln, in Chiai'jo Inter 0:ean.
How Rev. Mr. Elderberry Em
ployed His Season of Rest.
Reverend Jonas Elderberry had
preached in Flintville twenty years, and
bad never had a vacation. Sickness and
death had catted him to use a few Sun
days now and then, and after much de
liberation, not entirely free from acri
mony, the church hail decided on each
of these occasions not to deduct any
thing from his salary, a concession
w liich was thought very generous, as
lie received seven hundred a year, and
the parsonage rent free. Still these
brief respites from labor were not vaca
tions. Though a quiet man, Mr. Elder
berry was not without ambitions and
dreams. He .sometimes wrote short
articles and poetry, which appeared in
magazines and newspapers under the
veil of "J. E.," anil were pronounced
by the editors "imaginative." So it
was not strange that he often fancied
liimsolf and his little wife. Matilda.
going on a real vacation, and looking
upon the mountains and the sea. Hut
these dream-, were like others he had of
owning a reliable gold watch instead of
the ridiculous silver turnip that ticked
away like a town-clock in his pocket,
or of owning a home of which lie could
speak proudly as "my house." In his
sober moments and most of his life
was cry sober, indeed he ncer e
pected to have any of these di earns
The children that hail come to the
parsonage had all died in infancy, and
perhaps that was the reason that there
was almost always some one stopping
there. All the cousins came, even to
the fourth and fifth degrees, and cousins
reduced to their lowest terms, so to
speak; and this abundant hospitalitv
cost something, in spite of the fact
that Mrs. Elderberry was the maid
of all work; and so. notwithstanding the
se en hundred a year, and an occasional
live d illarsfrom some editor, Mr. Elder
berry's only bank stock was a few hun
dreds in what was called, expressively,
FlinUille, though an old place, was
little more than one long street, lined
with while houses, well hidden from
the ro.td by honey-locusts and poplars.
The Orthodov Meeting-house had re
ceived sundry coats of paint, but in
other respects was just as it was the
first time Mr. Elderberry entered it.
The people were conservative, and the
orthodox were the most conservative in
the place; so they quietly ignored the
smart little pme box called "The
Church," which had sprung up on one
side of them, and the sipiat brick build
ing around the corner called the Halle
lujah Chapel, anil resisted innovation.
Rev. Julius Surplice. lector of "The
Church," took a vacation in July; but as
he was an unmarried man, it was sup
posed he spent the time with his parents.
As for the Chapel, its ministers came
and went too often to need a vacation;
bile in Flint' ille, as Mr. Elderberry
read his sermons, it was known that lie
wrote tlicm; but any male member of
his llock, if asked His opinion of such
labor, would have said: "It must be
easy enough to sit in the house, and
write tilings out of your head, if you
have been to college." As for the
women, while thev considered sermon
writing too deep "for the female mind,
they yet considered it something of the
nature of woman's work, not a definite
business, but an occupation to be taken
up at odd moments, as knitting, or
patchwork, when nothing more impor
tant was going on.
".Natures can not endure everlasting droop
ing." and Mr. Elderberry had twice asked for
a vacation without success, when Mr.
Whitaker, of Chicago, after doing
something very sharp in corn, sent his
wife to Flintville to visit her father.
Deacon Billinjrs. "I never heard of a
minister s preaching through August!"
she exclaimed, lifting her bejevveled
hands. And the next Sunday the long
desired vacation was granted, although
'S.pi're Pogg opposed it, saying, if he
hired a man to hoc corn, he did not ex
pect him to skip every other row
"Where shall we go. Matilda?" said
Mr. Elderberry, the ne.t morning.
"We!" exclaimed Mrs. Elderberry,
tremulously. "It's your vacation. Jonas.
I I don't see how I can leave. There's
the hens, and the house, and the mis
sionary bed-quilt; and Cousin Alzina
liable to come any day."
"My dear," said" Mr. Elderberry,
with full eyes, "If I go anywhere you
shall accompany me."
Thursday evening came: but Mr.
Elderberry had not succeeded in obtain
ing a cent from the "back salary." He
had been asked exactly fifty-two times
where he was going and when he would
start: and there was in his pocketbook
fifteen dollars and seventy-five cents.
Tilda," he said, coaringly: "Let's
go and see Sister Martha."
Tnoagh Mrs. Martha Tucker had been
like a daughter in Mr. Elderberv's fa
ther's house, she was the child of his
fther's siter. She had been married
"" 'rf4' 1 i-1"- carried Matilda,
" turtMIterwards visited them
-in natr jfge. When she bad in
June Lrijfcome and see her, Mr.
( . D.f ,Vl always intended .to do
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away across the hills, the stage fare
was an item to be considered, and his
wife always received his remarks on
the subject in silence. Without much
thought about the matter, he had con
cluded that Matilda was prejudiced
againt his adopted sister, and was se
cretly vexed; for Martha was the only
one of his many relatives who had not
demanded some favor of him.
"I don't want to go a-eousining,"
said Mrs. Elderberry, with unconscious
"You've never had a chance." said
Mr. Elderberry, dryly. "But we've got
to leave town before Sunday. Wc will
only stay a few days, and I think Mar
tha will be glad to see us."
Mr. Tucker's desire to accumulate
money, with his wife's desire to be
known as a perfect housekeeper, had
never been checked bj- childish fingers,
and Mrs. Tucker's naturally unsympa
thetic temper had hardened. into some
thing very frosty indeed. To unpin her
nice beds, and have her chairs thrust
into new places, above all to have extra
cooking going on. and her orderlv plans
frustrated, irritated her. If she had
known her cousins were coming, she
would have schooled herself a little:
but, as it was, she saw them descend
from the stage with ill-concealed dis
may, and greeted them with the excla
mation: "I never did!" "I wish I had
brought my sermon on the fulfillment
of the law," said Mr. Elderberry that
night to his wife. "Martha says that
Zeland Vodecker preaches at East Gyp
aiitn. I remember him and I think he
keeps up his Hebrew." But the next
morning Mr. Tucker hitched up his
colt, and with his wife started for the
postoflice three miles away. It was
noon when they returned, so the ab
seence of the sermon on the law was of
no consequence. In the meantime, the
maid of all work h?d gone out to visit
the wife of the hired man. and. in her
hurry, had left the kitchen door open.
The hens took advantage of the oppor
tunity, and hopped in quietly till the
piace was lull ot them. I5y some cur
ious instinct, Mrs. Tucker divined their
presence the moment she entered the
house. "There's folks who wouldn't hear
a whole nicnajrcric in the next room!"
she exclaimed, scornfully, after a vigor
ous use of the broom. It's precious
few times Vvc ever been away from
home: but when have Vve worked
myself to skin and bones!"
At bottom Mrs. Elderberry was a very
determined woman, and when she saiil
that evening: "Jonas. I shall take the
stage to-morrow for Flintville," her
husband knew belter than to oppose
her. Two days afterward, when he had
resolved to follow her, he received the
following note from her:
"Ton must contrive, dear Jonas, to remain
away from home the four Sund.iv. In tlir
Orthodox organ Tor thi week it snjs: '.Mr.
Jonas Elderberry, the p istorof that bulwark
or the faith, the Kliiitv die I'htirLh. is spend
Ing h-s vacation trout llshing. All our pas
tors, can not, -m- know, enjov this diversion:
but let eaeh onrdrirr ne.ir to Nature's heart
instead of hunting up some pulpit to Mipplv
while his church has generously given him
time to rest.'
"In the l'lintvillo Clari'in is the followinc:
We hav-o understood rrom part'es qu.tliflcd.
it would ecm, to give information on the
subject, that our htghlv- esteemed towns
man, .Mr. Elderberry unless some unwu.tl
circumstance should expedite his return,
w ill spend his acation in the exercise of the
piscatorial art.' "
After spending the nijrht in painful
consideration, Mr. Elderbeny deter
mined to go to East Gypsum, and find
a cheap boarding-plaee. where, free
from the distractions that beset the
parsonage, he might write out some
verses that were singing in his head,
and thus pa' expenses, lie had weeded
onions all day Monday, and stemmed
currants all dav Tuesday, and felt that
in a sense he had paid his board. But
he was conscious that Mr. Tucker and
possibly Martha felt that he was, as
they phrased it, "living on them," and
to remain longer was impossible.
"I s'pose you'll have a vacation every
year, now your church has got started'
said Mr. Tucker when Mr. Elderberry
announced his intended departure.
"You'd better come out in the country
again. You can board cheap, or work
for jour board, if you want to. I'd
take je. I sh'd think 'twould do e
good to git up an' stir 'round after
takin' it easy a year."
Arrived at East Gypsum, Mr. Elder
berry was directed to ihe house of Mrs.
Mullein, who, it was said, desired one
more boarder. He was met at the door
by an elderly woman, who proved to be
Mrs. Mullein, Senior.
"Board? Yes. Professional man?
Yes,1 said the old lady, in a high stac
cato voice, as she led the way up stairs.
"Wc may suit, and we may not. Julia,
my son's wife, gives lessons. P'r'aps
v ou li una out one these days what son s
wives are. When she an't banging the
piano, or the children ain't, the scholars
are. The piano's just under this room."
She opened the door of a torrid
"There's two sets o" twins, and one
odd. and they rampage all over the
house. That's Julia's idea of govern
ment. The young man in the room
back of this is learning the horn, an'
when he s home an he alwas is even
ingshe practices, or reads out loud
for his elocution. Probably you want
a cool room? Hem! Well! This room'd
bake an egg after dinner; fronts west,
and then s a tin roof. Another one of
Julia's ideas. Our price is eight dollars.
I think she wants to rent this room;
but you'd betttr come in later and see
Mr. Elderberry did not return to Mrs.
Mullein's, and. after long wandering,
found a little room in a house owned by
two quiet spinsters. But tne lot was
narrow, and on one side was a melo
deon and on the other were four girls
and a dulcimer. In vain did Mr. Elder
berry attempt literary composition. The
raelodeon wheezed, while the dulcimer
kept up a monotonous: "Pink-a-pnnk-a-pink!
Pink-a-puuk! A pink-a-punk!
When a week had passed, having
only a dollar and four cents left, Mr?
Elderberry set out for home on foot.
He had on his old clothes, but the min
isterial cut was unmistakable, and the
old fanner who overtook him, asked,
dryly: "Hev a lift. Elder? I'm goin"
your way.' '
"Hev'thedumbdestkind o' work a
gittin" help!" he grumbled, when Mr
Elderberry had acceDtedhis offer. An'
I've work for two sea in the hop-yard,
aa' there's 'to-ttweMriww wfMk
COLBY, THOMAS COUNTY, KANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1885.
to be picked "fore they're too b g for the
"I wish you'd hire me to pick cucum
bers." ;u, 3ir. Elderberry.
The old man laughed, incredulously;
and then Mr. Elderberry told him his
whole story, at which the old man
lughcd arain, aud engaged him on the
spot for a dollar a day.
When Mr. Elderberry returned to
Flintville his cheeks were brown and
his step was brisk, and he received
many congratulations on the good his
fishing excursion had done him; but
Squire Pogg spent Thanksgiving with
friends near East G.psuni, ind the next
week a committee waited on the pastor.
"We consider j ou've brung disgrace
on us an' the cause," said the Squire,
severely, when he had detailed what he
had heard. "The bes' thing you kin do
is to resign."
When Mr. Elderberry had told the
story of his vacation, and had explained
that the money he had earned in the
cucumber field" had part of it gone to
swell the church missionary accounts,
the committee were mollified; but there
was still a rankling feeling that lie had
disgraced the church. The winter
passed, and spring was blossoming into
summer, when Flintville was electrified
by the news that Mr. Elderberry had a
call to Gypsum Center, and was offered
eighteen hundred dollars and a par-on-age.
"It's all come of that old Scran he
worked for on the Mile Strip. Iat sum
mer," said Squire Pogg to Deacon
Harp. "Scran's on 's deacon in the
Gypsum Center Church. 1 seen the
ofd feller last week, an' sez he. I never
had a man on the place that put in the
licks Elderberry did, sez he; an' when
j'ou want to drive your new preacher,
.Mr. Chubb, out o' town, sez he, send
him up to me."
"M-yeh-ah!" ejaculated Deacon
Harp, with an expressive shake of his
head. ''If he can't go to his father's,
or his father-in-law's, or siVme'eres
respectable. Air. Chubb won't git no
vacation."' Elizabeth Cumuiings, in AT.
lib I.nU Day iii the United Sta tes Senate
A friend of humanity, his policy was
peace, and the settlement of dispute;
between nations by arbitration instead
of by war was one of his fondest dreams.
Possessed of such benignaut sentiments,
on Decembjr '2, lSl'J, he introduced :i
bill which he reque-ted to have "read
in full for information." I shall give it
here; for to carry it to the desk was one
of my first acts as a page. It was as
"A bill to regulate the .truiv Tuyhtfr and
the Itegmieutal t'olors of the I'nitecl St-ites
"nr.iti:s. The national aimtj and good
will among fellow -citiens can be assiirec
only through oblivion of past dilferenees
and it is contrary to tha usage of civillc.1
nations to perpetuate tire memory of civil
' it rmirtfl by the Senate and House ol
Hcpiesunutives of the United States ol
America in Congress assembled. That the
names of battles with tellou-citizens shal
not be continued m the Army UnjwUr 01
placed on the regimental colors of the
L'n ted States."
The bill was o-dered to be printed,
and that was the end of its pilgrimage
in Congress. It never became a law.
But it was dicussed elsewhere! The
Legislature of Massachusetts heard of it
with deepest indignation. The act of
Senator Sumner was stigmatized as "a-i
attempt to degrade the loval soldiery ol
the Union and their grand achieve
ments."' and a resolution of censure was
introduced and passed by the Legisla
ttueof the State which had made him
The lesolution of. ensure was an in
justice, which woWd have provoked
some men to wrath, nut with Mr.
Sumner it occasioned not anger, but
grief. He had served his State for more
than twenty years; and it had stood
proudly by him in all his efforts. That
it should now, after his long and faithful
career, misinterpret his motives, and
seem to brand hint with reproach, was
perhaps the saddest blow he had ever
sustained. His maimer betrayed how
it bore upon his mind. Yet when De
cember again appeared, the Senator was
again found at his seat on the opening
day, this time to introduce his famous
Civil Rights Bill the first bill of the
session. But, as the days slipped by,
his face was less frequently seen in the
Senate. December, January, February
passed his visits were few and brief.
On the 10th of March, however, lie
was in attendance. 1 remember it well.
I had not seen him for quite a while,
and he called me to his desk. I thought
Ihe looked more cheerful than usual,
and I asked after his health. As he
whittled a pen, he smilingly chatted
with me and stated that he had come
to the Senate to hear pleasant news.
He had scarcely made the remark when
Senator Boutwell, his colleague, aro-e
and sent up to the clerk's desk to be
read a resolution of the Massachusetts
Legislature. As the clerk proceeded all
eyes turned upon Senator Sum
ner, who was eagerly listening. It was
a resolution rescinding the vote of ccn
sure! Within a few moments after the
reading the Senator left the Chamber,
and, as I parted from him at the door,
he shook hands kindly and said: "Gootf
byc!" Those were his last words to me. The
next day he was dead. Edmund Alton,
in St. S'ichola.s.
The French Cholera Patients.
As one who saw cholera patients for
the first time (in Paris), what struck
me with most force was the great" fear
which seemed to lay hold of many of
these patients, so unipke anythingmet
with in the ordinary zymotics such as
small-pox, typhus, diphtheria, and the
like; the sudden and extreme collapse,
the comparative absence of real de
lirium, and as the later stages come
on the shrunken features, the shrunken
eyeballs, dark areola round orbit, and
the shrivelled, inelastic condition of the
skin, so that when pinched and raijd
up it showed scarcely any elasticity or
tendency to retract itself in the normal
manner. In one man at the Hospital
Cochin this inelastic state was marked
even in the convalescent stage. After
seeing patients in the collapse of cholera
it is easy to understand how it lias been
possible to mistake patients really alive
far dead, soUke is the ooaditkm to that
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
The Seventh Day Adventists seem
to be gaining in strength in New York.
They have recently established missions
n Xew York, Buffalo, Albany and
Bismarck will devote .?12,000 an
nual interest on his national birthday
gift to establishing charitable founda
tions for students in universities for the
study of philology.
During the year there have been
three hundred additions to the Baptist
Church from the Cherokee Indians,
making the total membership 2.000.
1'nere are 6,000 members of the denomi
nation in the Indian Territory. San
The Christian Advoi.alc says: "A
reasonable estimate justifies the opinion
that more than -10,000 persons have
professed conversion during the past
three months and joined, or are intend
ing to join, the Methodist Episcopal
Linear drawing has been intro
duced, by recent enactment, into all
the elementary schools of England. The
theory is that a knowledge of this kind
of drawing is Useful in almost every
kind of trade or handicraft. Chicago
The $1,500 required to complete
the $i).000 for the Parsonage Building
Fund of the American Congregational
Union, for comfortable dwellings for
home missionaries on the Western
frontier, was contributed by the Clinton
Avenue Congregational Church, Brook
lyn, after an appeal by Rev. Dr. Taylor,
of the Broadway Tabernacle. X. Y.
At acolored church on the outskirts
of the city Sunday afternoon the preach-
er notified the eonsrreiration that ho
must have $5 before he would preach.
The hat was p.sed round, and when
returns weye made $3..0 was in the
pot. whereupon the preacher said he
must have Sl.oO more before he would
must have S1.50 more before he would
preach. The hat was passed around
the second time and the $5 made up,
when the conrreration was treated to
one of the best eiforts of the pastor's
life. Columbia (S. C.) Register.
n. .!..: f ,i. s, r
The education of the Chinese in
San Francisco is a problem that presents
manifold difficulties. The board of educa
tion of that city have provided a. school
room and a teacher, but it is found that
thewealthier Chinamen object to having
their youngsters associate w'tfh the oil-
spring of the rabble, and they are op
posed also to the co-education of the
sexes. So far but one pupil is promised
for tho new school, which entails an
expense of $10 a month for rent and$!M)
a month for the teacher.
President Eliot says that, without
special extravagance or fast living in
any way, a Harvard student can easily
spend 800 a year, and some get rid of
much more. A calculation of the
average expense at twenty-five of the
principal colleges, according to the
statements of their respective catalogues
as to price of board, tuition, and gen
eral expenses, shows that it is a tritle
over $.")00. An average college educa
tion, then, costs $."j00 a year, or $2,000.
Of course, the thing can be done for
less than this. Tuition may be re
mitted by the gaining of a scholarship,
and a voting man who is determined to
support himself may do so in whole or
in part by teaching and other work.
Hev. Sam Jones, a Georgia evange
list, has frequently been offered fifty
dollars a day for his religious services,
but declines to make any contract for
his preaching. It is told of him that
urging a man to become a Christian, he
said: "Don't try to take on too much
steam at first. I heard an engineer ask
his fireman at the depot j cstcrday if he
had enough steam not to reach Chatta
nooga with, for the boiler couldn't have
held that much not to reach Dalton,
for that much steam would have burst
the boiler but if he had steam enough
to start with. Xow ou needn't try to
put on enough steam to carry you
through to Heaven, but just enough to
start with." X. Y. Post.
Some one has discovered that the
reason why men succeed who mind
their own business is because there is
And now it is all the rage to paint
flo'vers and landscapes on large, square
crsekers and render them useless, even
for dog feed.
A Milwaukee editor committed su
icide because he was in debt. It is such
an unusual thing for an editor to be in
debt that he could not stand it. Boston
If there is a craze called roller
skating raging in the land, as reported.
it is very strange that some of the para
graphists don't make a joke about it.
Emma Nevada, the wcet singer of
ine oicrras, hisseu inree nunureu girls
before leaving San Francisco, and com
plains that it made her ery tired.
Served her right. Why didn't she hire
a cheap young man? Burlington
A man never begins to find out how
little'he knows about domestic matters
until his wife aks him to keep his eyes
on the baby and to see that a pan of
melted butter is kept stirred while she
goes into the attic to look through her
rag bag. Cape Ann Advertiser.
A ministerial acquaintance thinks
that he alone should decide what hymns
are to be sung during service. He
thinks that the choir should have no
voice in the matter. They haven't in
very many churches that is to sav. anv
ciceto speak of. Christian at 'Work.
The life of a woman in Italy who
was recently buried beneath an ava
lanche was saved by a hen. The ac
count does not specify how this was
done, but we presume the woman had a
corn, and the hen in scratching for it
dug her out. Rockland Courier-Gazette.
Emerson says: "All the world
loves a lover." That may be true, but
wide observation has taught as that the
love of all the world doesn't make the
lover any more contented so long as
one little snip of, a) seatoen-year-oId
?irl says that she eaa Wj kit mItm
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THE BIRD SPIDER.
Klttyry or a Remarkable Insect Native to
Few animals are more repulsive than
this gigantie spider. The bird spitlcr
(Migale avicularia), for so the creature
is called, excites horror in all the coun
tries in which it is found.
In the Antilles and in the forests of
Venezuela, Brazil, Guiana and Ecua
dor, its repulsive aspect has, among the
residents, as well as among travelers,
caused a terror that the imagination of
the aborigines has still further exagger
ated. How man- times, while lying in
my hammock during the long equinoc
tial nights, have 1 heard the Indians
and peons, while squatting around the
camp fire in the virgin forest, tell each
other stories, or fables rather, w hose
inexhaustible theme was serpents, bats
and big spiders! In measure as the
night advanced, the tales became more
and more extraordinary. From heca
tombs of birds devoured upon their
nests by tho Arana canjrcjo (crab
spider), with long velvety legs and
poisonous jaws, the orator passed to
more dramatic facts, and the last
llickcrings of the dying embers often
lent their fantastic accompaniment to a
story about a cli'ltl whose blood had
been sucked while it la in its cradle.
Freed from these local exaggerations,
which are so frequent among these
weak minds in a slate of nature (an i
examples of which might be easily
found nearer home), the history of the
bird spider still remains sutliclently in
teresting to merit being narratedand
be better known.
Liunc described this species under the
n:,me 0I 'lr'.nca amemarui , ne specii.e
":lm.e recalhng the animal s hah-, of
leeu,nS at "nies upon pin s ami even
"I'011 "(lult """"": birds, captured
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"'"'ogist Latreile m 1802 established
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l"?t oV""5 -"W" JU'-?-l
Incraphoses. All tli
'nclnded in this group are
'.vc CItll.cr "! n?ts .co.nst
ii tne individuals
are hunters, and
"le1rarti r ,n l,e
I uuicrr the brirk of '
' that form the sttl
the earth or in the clefts of stones and
trees, like the species
subject of this article.
Some of them are wonderfully skilled
workmen, as the mason spider (.1.
cwtnentaria. Latr.), of southern France
and pioneer spider (.1. fodicv.s, Walck.)
The habits of the bird spider are not
so well known as those of the ones just
mentioned, either because from its
hunting being done at night it is rarely
met with, or because it selects retreats
that are not very accessible. Thete arc
few authors to be found, however, who
have correctly spoken of this curious
and dreaded spider; several of them
have copied one another, and others
have devoted themselves especially to
its anatomy. During the course of my
travels in equinoctial America I have
several times had an opportunity of
seeing tne bird spider in a state of
nature, and it frill perhaps be permitted
me to add a few personal observations
to those of the travelers who have pre
Of the several hundreds of spiders
that have been described, this is the
largest. The largest specimen that I
captured measured exactly, with legs
stretched out, seven inches in diameter.
The first one I saw was at Martinique,
not far from Saint Pierre, in the trees
skirting a road. Its nest was suspended
from the branch of a l'ali-ourca, an
elegant shrub of the Kubiacce, and its
appearance strikingly recalled those
large caterpillar nests that we so fre
quently find upon the Aleppo pine
(I'inus halcpcnni) on the mountains in
the vicinity of Cannes and Nice. It con
sisted of a beautiful white silken tissue,
of several thick lajcrs, strengthened by
very strong threads capable of arrest
ing a small bird. In the center were
placed the eggs, perhaps 1.500 to 2,000
in number. As soon as the young are
hatched and escape from the cocoon,
large red ants of the genus Myrmica
wage a bloody war on them, and feast
upon their whiteish llesh of no consist
ency and without hairs. Such destruc
tion happily counterbalances the rav
ages that the spider would make were
it to multiply too abundantly. In fact,
the adult animal, whose body measures
no less than four and one-fourth inches
in length, not including tne legs, is as
ferocious as its aspect implies. Its en
tire body bristles with long reddish
brown hairs. Its eves, e'ght in num
ber, are strangely grouped upon a small
elevation (cephalothorax); ix of them
arc arranged in a triangle on each sale,
and the two others are separated at tho
apex of the warty prominence.
At the extremity of the strong,
black, smooth jaws are the palpi,
shaped like legs, and each terminating
in an enormous, black, shining sting,
which is obliquely swollen like that of
the scorpion, and, like that, filled with
a dangerous venom. These are not its
only weapons. At the extremity of its
abdomen two elongated glands secrete
an abundance of lactescent, corrosive
liquid, which the animal is capable of
ejecting against its enemy at will, in
order to blind it or render it insensible.
Add to this a muscular power so great
that it is very difficult to make it let go,
even when it has fastened itself to" a
smooth body, end we shall obtain some
idea of the formidable manner in which
this species is armed.
It is rare that the bird spider is seen
to hunt during the davtime, except near
its nest, and principally in dark places;
but as soon as night arrijes it leaves
its lair. Its wonderful agflity, a char
acteristic which it shares with its con
geners, is coupled with rare boldness.
It attacks large lizards, like the anolis
of the Antilles, and likewise serpents,
it is said. These it falls upon as quick
as a flash, and seizes by tha upper part
of the neck, in order to prevent them
from resisting. If it surprises a hum
ming bird upon its egg3, it buries its
terrible pinchers into it between the
base of the skull and its first vertebra,
injects therein a poison which paralyzes
it and then sucks the blood of its vic
tim at leisure. La Nature.
In one issue of a Utica, (N. Y.)
paper recently wee accounts of no less
than four suicides, two.of which ,were
ascribed to dcspo-MtonevoTer the Joss of
4riTM.- aad a third to ta'iterfweec of
: jowg mam's ia-iBj mi Jib!? aft-ir "
IS THE BODY IN THE CRYPT?
iter. Dr. Charles Hall Think Stewart's
Remain Were Nerer Stolen.
Rev. Dr. Charles II. Hall, rector of
the Church of the Holy Trinity, of
Brooklyn, Sunday officiated at the
Church of the Holy Incarnation at
Garden City, the Stewart Memorial
Cathedral. On his return home he was
met by a World reporter. The reverend
gentleman expressed tho opinion that
the body of A. T. Stewart is securely
resting in the crypt of the magnificent
edifice built with his niouey. Further
more he advanced the marvelous theory
that the body had never been stolen.
Notwithstanding the fact that Judge
Henry Hilton, the trustee of the Stewart
estate, has paid tens if not hundreds of
thousands of dollars to detectives for
searching for the body, Dr. Hall be
lieves there never was anything to find.
The rector of Holy Trinity does not
stand alone in the opinion that A. T.
Stewart's body has found a last resting
place. This conclusion, however, is
generally based on entirely different
grounds from the simple deduction of
the clerical gentleman.
When it was first announced that
Stewart's body had been stolen Mrs.
Stewart was reported as having said
that the Garden City Cathedral would
not be built until her husband's remains
were recovered. The edifice has not
only been completed, but presented to
a corporation and handsomely endowed.
The Hev. Dr. Hall was chairman of the
committee appointed by the Long Island
Protestant Episcopal Diocese that re
ported fav orably on accepting the mu
nificent gift. It has aNo frequently
been stated that Judge Hilton paid
$."0,000 to the grave robbers for restor
ing the body.
Dr. Hall believes that the whole story
of the famous grave robbery was manu
factured. It is in his opinion a piece of
pure fiction. When asked what motive
he thought could have actuated Judge
Hilton or Mrs. Stewart to make such an
announcement he said:
"There was every reason for its fab
rication. Judge Hilton was constantly
annoyed by the receipt of anonymous
letters, informing him that the body
was to be stolen. If such a crime was
successfully consummated, the expected
reward for the recovery of the body
would be so great that the thieves
would feel themselves justified in mak
ing any outer to secure it. No guard
could be placed upon the body that
would not be bribed, and in order to
defend tho body the story of its having
been stolen had to be fabricated. Look
at all the reports in the papers at that
time. You will find that the story is
told with too much attention to details,
while the question. How did the
robbers make off with the body? is al
most entirely lost sight of. No, sir, the
supposed robbery was never committed,
and some day, and at no distant one
cither, you will learn the whole story ol
the supposed robbery. I believe firmlv
that the body of A. T. Stewart is now
in the crypt at the Cathedral of the In
carnation at Garden City."
"How do you account for the fact that
the grave was found to have been dis
turbed and the discovery of the trail
over which it was thought the body had
been dragged?" asked the reporter.
"That is what I refer to when 1 say
that 'the story is told with too much at
tention to details,' " said Dr. Hall. "It
all had the appearance of having been
planned. There is no doubt in mj
mind that the very fact that so nice anil
ingenious a story was told betrays its
weakness.and places the stamp of falsi
ty on it."
" '-But Judge Hilton expended $100,
000 or $200,000 in searching for the
body," suggested the reporter.
"Did he?" interrupted the clergyman.
"Has it not also been denied that he
ever paid such large sums for such ac
object? He may have expended a for
tune, but that does not break down the
theory. It might have been necessary
to earn- out the original plan and pre
vent robbery. If the body had been
stolen why did not the detectives keep
up the search? Why w.-is there not a
more sustained effort to find it and gain
"Mrs. Stewart is said to have paid
$50,000 for the return of the body."
"Is that an thing but a rumor?" Judge
Hilton and Mr. Stewart have never
acknowledged it. The report has nevei
l.een substantiated so far as I have
heard. No, I think it is all a myth.
Some day you will learn that the b'odj
lies in the crypt in the Garden City Ca
thedral." "Have you anv positive information
that it is there. Doctor?"
"No, sir," answered Dr. Hall, verj
frankly. "I know nothing about it.
only from such information as I gained
from the newspapers. I have talked
with my friends about the theory, but
never care to obtrude myself by 'giving
publicity to those views. Still lam very
positive in my belief. I do not know
Mrs. Stewart or Judge Hilton, and 1 do
not know anything about their plans."
"How did you arrive at such a con
clusion as you have?"
"I merely did a little mental detect
ive work for mv own amusement," con
fessed Dr. Hall.' X. Y. World.
Kindly, But Firmly.
A merchant who had8 repeatedly
dunned a man, sent him a bill of the
amount due. In addition to the neces
sary rule and figure work, the merchant
added the following:
"I am becoming tired of the indiffer
ence with which you treat this matter,
and I desire to hear from this bill at
Several days afterward, the merchant
received the following, written on a
postal card: "Accept my thanks for
the bill which yon were kind enough to
send. I have never troubled yon about
the matter. When I owe a man it is
my disposition to treat him kindly, but
firmly. I never hang around him.
Well, whenever you haven't anything
else to do, send me another bi."
-Theyonng men f B'rnvig'-am.
Ala..-havc'a,fss!iJo5:rb"e'3!iii'! by si
lrjje maiorUy .have ..! ui, p h,b" yt,atjsj' "!
J-Hknl-p"v'-Hs" and l.qiiir linJ'J. nn " Java-pas ttoMtsrMan
. .. , -r'$U&Z
S1 K( PF.P YPA UMrfjll,
37X.tv J. -u.v .. .if.i.a..a. S2J
sometimes of six. Separation froM" her Jfcf;4
usual company, a change to aew loca-i, , - tji'
tion, a strange murer ana sooWmm- V'fSjri
voice, are sources of imtao that )--.".., . i?!is;
or less imnair the militia-:, dualities ii P ' ' 'S:
the cow ' v "- ' .. .st-3l
Beware of the man who adrortiast ci
rhnt far twentv dollars he wiHiiaBMtiriV-i''5 "V ATS
how to make your cows pto&mlmf C " ?Sd
uiutra ur iicuci uuiwjubij wnK r , -Ssa
Aliis is tne season oi wo year-waea, fien., ???
numerous, and yon shotdd rot Tie wsgJW .-,-' ,"ts$
napping, .farmers are consaerea me, SL-, Ta
natural, lawful prey of certain classes ol' -I5
',.',.. , u : r -.s.M ..- w
laull. 11, inruiigu iguuiiuiui ui rajming
they bite on the tempting bait thrown te"
them by swindlers who live by deceivmg
and robbing others. It will do no par
ticular harm if you merely listen to these
tricksters, but keep your hand'frov
signing any documents for them,-and
leave your dollars in yonr pockets. Be
ware ot tne shares.
Wc are glad to note that some of
our contemporaries are taking up ihe
subject of feeding skimmed milk, to
cows. We are sure it is safe and profit
able food, but it will not do to say -'No
complaint of anv kind is made against
the method." Ve know that tons of '
butter are injured every summer by
feeding this milk after it has become
too sour and old. If milk after it is
forty-eight hours o"d which is often
the case where shallow setting is in
vogue is then allowed to remain all
day iu the hot sun, it becomes too much
decayed for healthy cow food and gives
the butter a strong "cowy" flavor. We
often asked the question of dairymen ii
feeding milk had a tendency to teach
the cows to suck themselves and always
received an answer to the negative.
A well-known dairy writer some .
years ago remarked: "A putrid car
cass polluting the air of a pasture spoils
not only the milk of the cows mnninj
there, but also the contents of all with
which it comes in contact." Yet it is
not putrid carcasses in the field (horri
ble enough) that vitiate milk and its -'
products exclusively. It is due to of- I
fensivo odors of the stable-yard and.. v
places where milk is kept. Milk and '.i
cream easily take up odors coming in . "
contact with them, and the sooner -
dairymen and dairywomen generally -
recognize this fact the sooner wiM the r f&
aver. ,e standard of milk products he- -i-yH
raised. A noted dairy woman once told "''St
the writer that she thought the roses . &
near her dairv window arave her ummttt ..5al;
butter its delicate aroma. The-foiiT Jr
certainlv did not hurt her butt r." but 'i -.
her semniilniKi flinnlinp55 nni tJii.f $ ' -.-
ne surroundinirs. and of everv'aet'el'
manipulation, " -med the key-wtf"tlW y
her success i nnMbietion 'erf''Bilij
aected With the Dairy. t r5S
To insist on cleanliness in every 9fH
ation connected with the dairy,-kjs
repeating not a 'twice-told,"'' brta5
"thousand-timcs-told" tale, and yet
every May's receipts ol butter in tae
Chicago market urge its repetition. Pure
milk antl good butter are as incompati
ble with unclcanlincss as truth is with
falsehood, and yet there seem to be just
as many people seeking to make good
daily products without due regard to
An Essential In Ererr OneratlM fM-4
tne cleanliness as there are seeKing to f
maintain a reputation for truthfulness, t
while indulging occasionally in a lMe. """'
departure from it. The old adage,""
"Cleanliness is next to Godliness," is no
where more strictly applicable thaa
to the dairyman, who handles milk
and makes butter and cheese.
Tho duirvman owes it to the
public, as well as to his own pocket, to
exercise extreme care in handling his
product, as much so as the physician oi
apothecary who bandies medicines,
where a slight inattention may entail
serious results. His attention to clean
liness must begin in the cow-house and
with the milking. The cow-house it
self must be kept clear of accumula-,
tions of steaming mannre, the odor ol
which the milk would quickly absorb,
and the ventilation of the house mts
be such as to keep the atmosphere "
sweet and wholesome. The mulcinj
pail must be examined before each
milking, to see that it is perfectly free
from impurity or dust which may hare
found its way in since it was'scalded.
alter the last milking, -ine udaer sad
te.its nf tlio nmv must be erefnTl
IK-innd plnqn tt linit-a fillet, nf nf Il4 1r -Ts
purity before milking. The scnip-ilow
attention to the cleanliness of the milk
ing pail must be extended to every
other vessel ued in the dairy. It w
only by such carefulness that batter ot
cheese can be made markctablev-jaraci
less palatable. The slovenly dairyman
is constantly working for half pay, nn4
abusing the commission maa oreea
The Best Time to Skim Milk
The best time to skim milk is order
to get the highest quality of butter as te
flavor and grain, is while the ssUk it
perfectly sweet, churning the cream alee - ,3cv i
Deiore ii sours, ams win hoi, mnerar, - &
give as great a quantitjrof butter'as'il .-
more time were allowed. To get Mm --S-sfe
greatest quantity of butter and: afttbrt!? U
than average. skimwhen the wi&k has v iMSst
become acid but before it has tl-kkeweaV.T
anu jet we cream get. u-oruugAijs-K
before churnimr. There is no oMeet'Ia
allowing cream to remain on the BaQk Zt
after the milk thickens, because affsest-Tt
aration then ceases. No more erssa
will form, and if thus left it aeqeires's
bitter taste likely to affect the ej-taBtret
the batter. The same inj-rkiisfleets
icsuiL uuui amiwuig uob.mi wnsnv
ioo oia aiier snmming .aa,;
ehnrning. As tokeepic-gHifitj.
cream batter ana soar
tboronrhlv well saaas
thorouj-hly welL . There
eesses for. white speoa
tne batter, bats a-ias
n V 1
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